Chris Hughton has come out today and said his players are concentrating 100% on the tough game at St. James’ Park on Monday night against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Chris Hughton – players are concentrating only on upcoming Forest game
Chris Hughton, who has done a magnificent job in guiding Newcastle to the top of the Championship table, with just 8 games remaining in the league, said today:
“At this particular moment all our issues are very much on winning the next football match which will be a very tough game against a very good side in Nottingham Forest on Monday night and all our focuses are on that,”
“We are 100 per cent focused on that game and getting the result that we want to get in that game and will continue to do so.” “All we can do is focus very much on Monday’s game and look to get the result that we need to get.”
“I think that we have a big focus here on what we want to achieve this season and that is to get back up into the Premier League at the first go which is the best opportunity we will have and our focus is very much on what is happening on the football pitch.”
It will not be an easy game for Newcastle, as Nottingham Forest completely outplayed WBA at the Hawthorns earlier this year, and were 3-0 up before easing up, but still easily won that game by 3-1.
And that was during a period when WBA were in top form, so Forest can certainly play well, when it matters – and it really matters on Monday night. So Newcastle will need to be on their guard and Forest cannot be under-rated one little bit.
Hughton will be up against his Nottingham Forest counterpart Billy Davies at St James’ Park, and Davies will no doubt have his players fully ready for the game, so the Newcastle supporters – and Forest supporters for that matter, who have already snapped all their allocation of tickets for the game – will need their seat belts fastened, for what promises to be one terrific game.
“At this particular moment there are no frustrations,” “We are a side that at this moment is top of the division although that might change today with West Bromwich Albion playing.”
“I think that what happens over a period of a season is that we have to deal with lots if things. On the football pitch one thing that is always the most important thing is the ability to get points and win football matches fortunately for us we have won more than we have lost.”
“Come the start of the season I don’t think it is unfair to say we were not sure what we would be up against,” “We had a lot of changes in terms of personnel but I knew that the attitude of the lads would be good and would apply themselves well but where it would take us I wasn’t sure.”
“Am I delighted to be where we are? Am I surprised? More so delighted than surprised.”
WBA had a chance to knock Newcastle off the top of the Championship table this afternoon, but could only draw at the Madejski Stadium 1-1 against a good Reading side, and needed a late equalizer in the 86th minute to even get the point.
So Newcastle are now one point better off than WBA and 10 points better off than Forest, with two games in hand on WBA and one game in hand on Forest.
Newcastle fans can hardly wait until Monday night, because a win will almost guarantee Newcastle an automatic promotion spot, at their very first attempt.
Howay The Lads!!